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But while the ingredients are the same, Ballard and Palahniuk bake at completely different temperatures. Unlike his British counterpart, who tends to cast his American protagonists in a chilly light, holding them close enough to dissect but far enough away to eliminate any possibility of kinship, Palahniuk isn't happy unless he's first-person front and center, completely entangled in the whole sordid mess. An intensely psychological novel that never runs the risk of becoming clinical, Fight Club is about both the dangers of loyalty and the dreaded weight of leadership, the desire to band together and the compulsion to head for the hills. In short, it's about the pride and horror of being an American, rendered in lethally swift prose. Fight Club's protagonist might occasionally become foggy about who he truly is (you'll see what I mean), but one thing is for certain: you're not likely to forget the book's author. Never mind Ballardesque. Palahniukian here we come! --Bob Michaels --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is a fabulous book written in a very unique style.
After Invisible Monsters, it seems like Palahniuk is just retreading the same ideas and style of prose with new characters and story.
I love the movies, don't get me wrong, but there is so much more you can get out of a good book, and Chuck is like that.
Halfway through. Different than the movie, but I like it. Having it on kindle makes it handy for when I have a few spare minutes on the go, and then delving deeper when I get... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christopher K Ball
Despite being pulpy, Fight Club has some depth. It's quite funny. Friends and I are split on this- some say the book is better and some say the film. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Richard
I believe that my chief problem with this book is that I overthought it. The story features the narrator and his friend Tyler Durden. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Peter S. Bradley
Really interesting novel~ I have never seen the movie, so can't compare:(
I loved how the action flowed.. you were along for the ride with the "narrator. Read more
This book is more alive than 90% of contemporary fiction I have read. I have a love/hate response to the ideas contained within, but I can't deny the vivid story jumping out of the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sailor Marie Bliss
Crude. Good twist ending but somewhat predictable. I cannot recommend this to anyone sensitive to foul language and gratuitous violence.Published 8 days ago by Steve B